Analytical Placement: Recursive Partitioning

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In this second part of our course, we will talk about geometry. We will begin with an overview of the ASIC layout process, and discuss the role of technology libraries, tech mapping (a topic we delay until the following week, to let those who want to do the Placer programming assignment have more time), and placement and routing. In this set of lectures, we focus on the placement process itself: you have a million gates from the result of synthesis and map, so, where do they go? This process is called “placement”, and we describe an iterative method, and a mathematical optimization method, that can each do very large placement tasks.

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